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Federal, Policy

Trump Says NRA Views Will Be ‘Fully Represented’ in Background Check Discussions

August 9, 2019

Via: Fortune

President Donald Trump said Friday he has reassured the National Rifle Association that its views about the right to bear arms won’t be ignored in Washington’s response to recent mass shootings. Trump said he is talking with the NRA and […]


Mobile Security, Security

US Court rules users can sue Facebook over facial recognition technology

August 9, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Facebook has lost its appeal that its facial recognition technology did not invade the privacy of its users located in Illinois, United States, leaving the company vulnerable to a class action moving forward. The US Court of Appeals for the […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

New Spectre-like CPU vulnerability bypasses existing defenses

August 8, 2019

Via: CSO Online

Security researchers have found a new way to abuse the speculative execution mechanism of modern CPUs to break security boundaries and leak the contents of kernel memory. The new technique abuses a system instruction called SWAPGS and can bypass mitigations […]


Federal, Policy

GSA releases ‘de-risking’ handbook for state technology projects

August 8, 2019

Via: StateScoop

States struggling to manage their large technology projects often face similar issues in assessing the risk, optimal contract length or quality assurance of potential new services. A handbook released this week by 18F, a civic innovation office within the General […]


Operations Security, Security, Software, Tech

Silent Windows update patched side channel that leaked data from Intel CPUs

August 7, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Microsoft last month pushed a silent update that mitigated a serious vulnerability in all CPUs Intel has introduced since 2012, researchers who discovered the flaw said Tuesday. The vulnerability—discovered and privately reported to Intel 12 months ago—resided in every CPU […]


Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure

The top cloud providers for financial services

August 7, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Financial services companies are reluctant to use cloud-based services because security and privacy are imperative in this strictly regulated sector. At a minimum, these companies see industry auditors every 18 months. When privacy and security measures are breached, the consequences […]


Networking Security, Security

Democratic senate campaign group exposed 6.2 million Americans’ emails

August 6, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

A political campaign group working to elect Democratic senators left a spreadsheet containing the email addresses of 6.2 million Americans’ on an exposed server. Data breach researchers at security firm UpGuard found the data in late July, and traced the […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Microsoft catches Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks

August 6, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Hackers working for the Russian government have been using printers, video decoders, and other so-called Internet-of-things devices as a beachhead to penetrate targeted computer networks, Microsoft officials warned on Monday. “These devices became points of ingress from which the actor […]


Federal, Policy

Investors Are Fleeing Emerging Markets Stocks as Trade War Heats Up

August 5, 2019

Via: Fortune

In the on-going saga of Trump’s trade war with China, emerging markets are getting the short end of the stick. Emerging markets (EM) net capital flows reached negative $35.8 billion in June, according to data from the Institute of International […]


Hardware, Mobile Security, Security, Tech

Google, Arm team up to tackle memory vulnerabilities through MTE

August 5, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Google has announced a partnership with chipmaker Arm to design an Android-ready MTE extension for reducing the number of memory-related vulnerabilities in the mobile platform. Last week, Kostya Serebryany from Google Core Systems and Sudhi Herle, a member of the […]